By Ann Aurelia Lopez
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Most important, what does the future hold for displaced rural Mexican farm family members living in the United States, and for other family members and farms left behind in Mexico? S. trade intervention. TWO MEXICO’S HISTORICAL FA R M I N G P R A C T I C E S Todos comemos de la agricultura. Porque, si no hay agricultura, no hay vida. Everyone eats as a result of agriculture. Because, if there is no agriculture, then there is no life. —Consuelo Fernandez, Salinas farmworker Como no saben hacer otra cosa, tienen que sembrar.
Characteristically, the father and oldest sons are responsible for most of the activities involved with farming ﬁelds of crops, such as plowing and driving draft animals. Traditionally, women are responsible for household chores such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, and maintaining the huertas (gardens) and small animals near the house (Burton and White 1987). Family members forge strong, integrated bonds with one another as they work together day after day. The labor-intensive agriculture helps to maintain a strong common focus on domestic functions.
The many parcelas in the village, originally distributed by lottery, have been passed down to the present day, from one generation of family members to the next. TOWARD AGRARIAN REFORM The relevant history behind the ejido collective farming villages and the political and economic integration of Mexico and California began with the Mexican War in 1846. This war and the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe resulted in the transfer of present-day California and much of the Southwest to the United States. Twenty million acres in today’s southwestern United States were swindled away from their Mexican owners over the next twenty years (Cockcroft 1998).